South High School

1160 Ann St, Columbus, OH 43206
(614) 365-5541

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 577 students 14 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

South High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of South High School is Mr. Colon T. Lewis and can be contacted at 577 children attend South High School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 99% of the 577 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 87% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at South High School is 14:1. Focus Learning Academy of Southwest Columbus is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 67% 57%
Multiracial 3% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 27%
Hispanic 2% 8%
Asian 2% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 79%
Economically disadvantaged 99% 98%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has terrible phone etiquette I called because I had received three calls this morning. The lady who answered was rude and unhelpful my sister attends the school in the ninth grade. I assumed they called because something happened or I was needed to pick her up. The person who answered the phone said " I didn't call you this is my office" to which I replied "I'm looking at your number 3 times on my caller ID right now" she said I must have been transferred and that she couldn't help me I asked what number I should call and she wouldn't answer and said well if you do t know who it is that called it won't be any use to you. Who says that? Not only rude but obviously she hadn't even listened to what I was saying. My sister goes there.......obviously there was a reason and I was called. So it would have been helpful. Horrible school. Never even offered to help just wanted me off her phone line I guess. Horrible person I would hate to work or go to a school with someone like that.

  • (2 years ago)

    It's an alright school if you like ridiculous rules. Students are terrible are very mischievous and take advantage of kind teachers. These students do not take education seriously. Low graduate rate. A few teachers are disrespectful for no reason. The school is pretty clean I give them that. Sometimes it is fun. There are lower grades which are annoying.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love south high school it made me feel very safe and I was around friendly people. I go to Centennial now because I thought it would be better for me but now I realize how much I miss South and all the things I gained from South. I will be returning back to South next year for my senior year because South is the school I want to graduate from and is very proud of. I am always a Bulldog whether I'm in a new school or not. South Pride!

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that South High School is a very good school. South High School does need a little work My son goes to that school not only he performs well academically also physically.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that South High is a very safe school considering the environment surrounding it. You cannot blame the school for the neighborhood it sits in. The administration and staff take time to keep our children safe. Parent participation needs a lot of improvement. I ask that Parents that have available time invest that time into your child at South High. If you don't have extra time make some your child is worth the sacrifice and more! Statistics show that when a parent is supportive both at home and in the school that the child does well academically. Parent Consultant/Booster Coordinator

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a pretty good school. As a recent alumni I speak mostly unbiased and with in depth knowledge of the school since I lived and breathed South for four years. South needs improving but no school is perfect! South offers a good education and experiences that will shape your child into a well rounded student. If you believe that children should not be sheltered and need to have a small dose of the real world before getting out there if you believe in dedication and excellence if you believe in success then South is the school for you.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think this school is a bad school and it doesn't have anything to offer for my children. It's an all black school and there isn't mixtures of any other race. Also it's not the safest at all because even when you dress nice you get beat up. The teachers have no control over these students. It is not up to date with cleaness and technology. The people who work for the school will also try to do ANYTHING to keep your child there. To me that school is a bad school for any child to learn in!

  • (10 years ago)

    i agree with Richard Lawson they lost some good teachers throughout the years. The teachers are more helpful to the students than they are themselves. Unlike West High School. The teachers EARN their paycheck.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that South High School Urban Academy is the best high school in the country. It is not the safest but it is the best in Academics and teacher quality. This school deserves to have a trophy for how good it is. When I look at South High school i just say that is the school that all of my children are going to go to if i have any.

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